Washington Bypass Just About Ready

It's been a question on the minds of many who travel through Beaufort County. When will the construction end and when will the new Highway 17 Bypass open?

A thorough inspection from construction manager Phil Lafave reveals the completion of the Highway 17 bypass lay in the blueprints of mother nature--not exactly in the hands of crew workers. "The majority of the work that's left is extremely weather dependent. The line striping and the earth work that's left for the shoulders is dependent on getting some warm, dry days."

So when exactly can you expect to take advantage of this much talked about travel route? Lafave says, "I would say early March, late, late February early March."

DOT officials say they plan to have a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 26th -- but the bridge will not open until the beginning of March. The original completion date was scheduled for November of this year, so it is opening well ahead of schedule.


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  • by Elmer F Location: little washington on Feb 23, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    Washington Downtown Rest in Peace Tom, More cars in the city of washington means more needed money. Wake up and smell the exhaust!
  • by Tom Location: Washington on Feb 21, 2010 at 05:30 AM
    It's amazing..and I guess kind of sad to see that there are so many people here in Washington that seem to always find the time and energy to post something NEGATIVE about anything. Example: A long needed bypass for traffic relief and for saftey, to get all these logging trucks and other traffic that is doing nothing but trying to get thru Washington as fast as they can. It will be a safer more relaxed town to get around in. BUT!!! The Super Minds of the area , the KINGS of Negativity, and the people that would just complain if they won the lottery. They think the Bypass is in the wrong place, The bypass was finished early so it's unsafe, Because it was finished early the people that planned it are incompetent. Gosh help you if you ever really have a crisis in your life.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Feb 20, 2010 at 03:24 AM
    East of Washington does not make sense. How far east are we talking about? East of Washington Park? Like way, way east of Washington? What's out there? No, the bypass is to divert traffic off of Washington streets. Inconveniencing people by pushing them way to the east giving Washington a wide berth does nothing but waste everybody's money. A more expensive, longer bridge, more gas burned driving more miles, and more time to complete it. No, they put it in the right spot. Now Pitt County needs another bridge over the river, or what's left of it, between Grimesland Bridge Road and the Greenville Blvd. extension that connects 33 and 264 (by Hastings Ford to the Hess/Wendy's). The Grimesland Bridge Road detour is atrocious.
  • by Truth Location: Reality on Feb 19, 2010 at 04:52 PM
    john at 4:03: Again, just asking, why East? What would have been the advantage? (see my earlier post/question for further view). ANONYMOUS at 3:13: That is a 45 mph zone. So, if you will take care to pay some attention to the original post, you will see Val was issued a citation for 50 in a 35--which is complete B.S. Yes, Val was going 50 mph in a 45 mph zone which IS, technically, speeding... if a citation was to be issued, it should have been for 50 in a 45, NOT 50 in a 35. So, get you're head out of your...umm... donkey... and pay attention. :)
  • by john Location: washington on Feb 19, 2010 at 01:03 PM
    I agree that the bridge should have been East of washington, but done and over now. what about 17n from Washington to Williamston and south to Newbern???
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Feb 19, 2010 at 12:20 PM
    Driver: Signs on the hwy usually get damaged in the manner you described by high winds. I see it all the time where I live. You recently had some high winds. Not terribly surprising.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2010 at 12:13 PM
    Val.... ROFL I can't even say much, that was such a ridiculous complaint. You were SPEEDING!
  • by Mike Location: WAhington on Feb 19, 2010 at 10:50 AM
    Maybe the DOT guys can help with the Wash park bridge after they finish the bypass. Sure is taking a long time. The traffic in front of Food Lion on 264 east is dangerous. I have counted several wrecks there already. Too much traffic......
  • by Val Location: Washington on Feb 19, 2010 at 10:37 AM
    If the only thing left is painting the lines....then WHY is their still a Construction Work Zone SPEED TRAP by the location of State Employee's Credit Union/new Fire Station on this road? There has been NO construction activity on that stretch of road for at least 6-9 months! Still I was pulled not too long ago for going 50 through that area. Yes, 45 is the normal speed limit, so technically I was speeding. BUT it should not have been 50 in a 35! Sounds like a CROCK'ing TRAP to me by the WPD traffic patrol.
  • by Truth Location: Reality on Feb 19, 2010 at 10:00 AM
    I have no stake in which side of Washington the by-pass goes... My view is, if you look at a map, West of Washington was certainly the better option. East of Washington would have been a logistical nightmare and MUCH larger project. It would have taken Hwy 17 far from it's existing course and then have to veer back to the West to catch up. The existing project simply straightens out a curve in the road. What is the reasoning behind wishing it were on the East side? Is there some big-picture item I'm not aware of? Just asking... No matter now since it is done, but curious nonetheless.
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